Principal Innovation | Planning

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Western Australia

Work type

Full Time

Job category

Finance/Accounting, Strategy & Development

Date published

09 July 2019

Date closing

22 July 2019 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

We are currently seeking an innovative Principal Innovation, Planning to join our Innovation Team within the sub-function of Transformation. This is a full time role supported by a leader who is passionate about flexible working arrangements. 

The purpose of the team is to develop BHP’s innovation strategy, and implement a balanced portfolio of work that meets enterprise targets.  A Strategic Research & Development portfolio is developed to provide the next tranche of productivity improvements and growth options for the organization.  Relationships, internally and externally, are built to integrate and expedite acceleration of innovation and technology solutions. 

In this role, you will promote the continuous improvement efforts of our operations and functions in creating value and driving sustainable outcomes. Reporting to the Manager of Innovation Performance this role will see you providing thought leadership to Innovation on effective business services including; planning, reporting; risk management and Executive communications. You will utilise innovative approaches, tools and technology to add real value to the business - setting standards to guide improvement activity, elevating and supporting our people.  The role will also support an effective governance framework for Innovation.

About You

The successful candidate will have relevant experience in an Innovation Planning role. A mining and resources background is not required and we welcome diverse industry backgrounds into this role.   Your detailed analytical skills including solid governance, business and financial acumen will ensure success in this role. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are a must, allowing you to build relationships across operations and functions and across all organisational levels.

To be successful you will demonstrate the following:
  • Strong root cause analysis and problem solving skills with a collaborative approach to finding practical solutions;
  • Be a thought leader with the ability to connect the dots and work with ambiguity;
  • Experience coaching improvement professionals in adopting a LEAN approach or a similar methodology to deliver value across the supply chain;
  • Have 10-15 years’ experience working in a governance, business services, strategy or portfolio management
  • Proven experience working within an innovative organisation or team
  • Proven ability to project manage across varying work fronts and multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience working within a global, or remote team
  • Experience developing new processes and changing existing process to enable better efficiency
  • Degreed in either science and engineering, finance or business
  • Proven experience crafting communication messages to enterprise leadership team, e.g. memo, board paper, presentation

Your responsibilities
  • Accountable for the budget planning within the Innovation Team – liaise and work with the Innovation Lead team to develop budget
  • Work with Enterprise finance to be appraised on timeline for CAP cycle, initiate and lead  budget and appraisal conversations within the team
  • Lead workforce and competency assessment to enable the development of the human capital strategy for innovation
  • Lead delivery of varied Asset level improvement projects through design to deployment in close collaboration with business and other key stakeholders;
  • Conduct detailed analysis to identify and understand opportunities for improvement;
  • Frame improvement opportunity, develop business case and gain senior leadership sponsorship;
  • Coach and support key improvement professionals on business improvement methodologies to help build capability across the business
  • Prioritise improvement initiatives that accelerate value generation; and
  • Develop systems and measures to determine the effectiveness of the innovation team
  • Assist in the development of Innovation Roadmaps and blueprints for future operating models for each of BHP’s operating assets
  • Accountable for the communication strategy within the Innovation team

Your diversity of thought and practical experience will be embraced and you will be working with a leader who encourages open communication and will empower you to utilise your existing knowledge and skills to make a real difference.

Come join our dynamic and fun working environment - the team are waiting for you!

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.  These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  
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